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Panelists: Marlow Bianes, Leala Pourier, Jasilyn Charger, Maya Lazarro, Michael Jacobs, Rachel Jacobs, and Lindsay Cody
Moderator: Rena Kawasaki
Marlow Baines is an 18-year-old from Boulder, Colorado and is Youth Director of Earth Guardians. Born in Seattle, WA and raised in the mountains of Evergreen, CO she has an intrinsic and deep love and appreciation for wild, open spaces and places. Marlow is a lead member of the Youth Council, has authored Earth Guardian’s youth leadership curriculum, and has served as Earth Guardians Global Crew Director. She represents Earth Guardians in youth coalition building efforts worldwide and has spoken on stages across the United States. Marlow has keynoted, spoken on panels, and helped plan youth programming at conferences across the United States including 1% for the Planet (Los Angeles, CA), Bioneers (San Rafael, CA), Earth’s Call and Earth X (Aspen, CO), Planet Home (San Francisco, CA), VERGE 2019 (Oakland, CA), and many others. Marlow has presented alongside Bernie Sanders and met with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as one of the diverse coalition of youth demanding climate action from Congress. As part of the effort to bring awareness to the Youth Climate Strikes, Marlow was recently featured alongside 18 youth climate activists in the Facing Extinction campaign by Patagonia.
Leala Pourier is 19 years old and a freshman in college. Born and raised in Colorado, she is Oglala Lakota and Cheyenne River and her family is from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Leala serves as the Public Relations Manager for the Native American Student Union at University of Redlands, and has served as Lead Youth Mentor and Director of Programming for Stronghold Society, which promotes physical and mental health and healthy lifestyles for both Native and non-Native communities, since she was 15. Laela has spoken on several panels as a youth leader, is a workshop leader, and is passionate about diversity and stereotypes, indigeneity, and sovereignty. She is a member of two of Earth Guardian’s youth leadership councils, the Earth Guardians Youth Council and Earth Guardians Indigenous Council.
Jasilyn Charger is a Land Defender and community organizer youth advocate for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She is 23 years old and has been on the frontlines for six years battling pipelines, protecting and advocating for Native American and LGBTQ rights. Currently she is supporting a local movement for MMIW with the Women Warriors Society opposing the construction of the KXL pipeline. Jasilyn is the co-founder of the International Indigenous Youth Council, The One Mind Movement, and 7th Defenders, a grass roots group that serves disadvantaged youth and young adults on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Jasilyn Charger was one of the few youth who ignited the Standing Rock Pipeline Resistance Movement.
“No’qa kani Maya Lazzaro. My name is Maya Lazzaro and I am a Quechua and mixed European warmi (woman).” – Maya Lazarro
Maya Lazzaro has spoken at universities, on radio shows, at museums and on the streets during nonviolent direct actions. She has presented at the Smithsonian Museum, at the Af3irm School of Activism, at The New School and Columbia University. She is passionate about water conservation and protection, and regularly speaks and writes about decolonizing indigenous healing wisdom, ecology, and sovereignty. Maya is pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of Eugene Lang college at The New School with a degree in Culture and Media Studies. Maya currently serves on the Earth Guardians Youth Council and has written articles for Earth Guardians blog, The Red Nation, and Medium. Asked to speak at community centers in her own neighborhood and at her nieces and nephew’s schools back home in South America, Maya considers these events to be among her greatest accomplishments. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is currently learning Quechua.
Michael Jacobs has co-chaired the University of Colorado Boulder’s Climate Reality Project and has worked with the local Boulder chapter of Earth Guardians since 2018. As a youth organizer for the Colorado Youth Climate Strikes, Mikey J, as he’s affectionately called by his friends, organized strikes at CU Boulder to push the university to pledge to transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2030. While the university has not yet committed to this goal, Mikey J sees the power of its leadership and innovation in the renewable energy sector, and continues to advocate for a clear commitment from the CU Board of Regents. He is passionate about getting out the youth vote and using the youth voice to lobby legislators to act on the climate crisis.
Rachel Spector is a student activist attending Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment and majoring in environmental conservation and society. Originally from Florida, she found a passion for the environment after her father read her a book called Ishmael by Daniel Quinn when she was just eight years old. Since then she has felt an obligation to discover ways of foraging a healthy co-existence between humanity and the planet through science, education, politics, and activism. Rachel has been heavily involved in the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline since 2017, in southwest Virginia, through participation in direct action and supporting impacted landowners. In September 2019 she organized Virginia Tech’s first ever climate strike and used that momentum to co-found an organization called Virginia Tech for Climate Justice whose mission is to transition the university onto 100% renewable energy by 2030. Rachel serves on the Earth Guardians Youth Council.
As a youth in upstate New York, Lindsay Cody is constantly exposed to the natural beauty of our planet. Serving as the director of operations for a policy-oriented climate activist organization, as well as an outspoken advocate for progressive climate action, Lindsay remains active in the movement, using her voice to incite positive change. In choosing to fight for climate justice, she is fighting for her future and the lives of future generations. Through advocacy, Lindsay strives to inspire hope and manifest the notion that it is our humanity, and not our nationality, race, or religion, that unites us. As Lindsay writes, “We will overcome the chaos of inaction, and we will thrive in a world of our design.
I am a 14-year-old Earthx Youth Reporter from Osaka, Japan who is passionate about human rights, education for all and climate change. I have led several workshops in Japan and the Philippines to educate youth about the importance of quality education for all and hope to create opportunities for Japanese youth to gain leadership skills and opportunities to be familiar with the SDGs.